Wednesday, September 1, 2010
There is news and pictures on Engadget of the new Sony Reader line for Fall 2010. But is it good news?
The new Pocket PRS-350 has touch now. And its lighter. And it has the new Pearl screen. But no WiFi. And it's pretty pricey at $179, although you get amazing pocketability and durability, so I can see people choosing it over a Nook or Kindle 3.
The new Touch PRS-650 has a glare-free screen (yay!), it's smaller and lighter (yay!), and the new high-contrast Pearl screen (yay!). But no WiFi or 3G, and you're paying an $229 for touchscreen and metal build. At that price in the US, it looks more like it is designed to be an upgrade path for international 500/505 owners.
The upcoming Daily PRS-950 isn't launched until November, so details are sketchy. From the pictures, it's smaller and thinner than the PRS-900, and has the glare-free touch of the new 350/650. It's appears to be the same dimensions of a Nook, but at 0.5 pounds, that's 4 ounces lighter. And it has WiFI and 3G. But it isn't clear what the software to use the web will be like - will Wikipedia be integrated into the lookup like it is on Kindle? Will the 3G be Sony ebookstore-only?
$299US for the PRS-950 (without a cover) is a big jump from the Nook's $199. Is a glare-free full touchscreen, metal build and lighter weight worth $100? At that price, I could save a little more for an iPad, although I prefer E-Ink.
So now I'm left wondering if there will be a Nook 2 with Pearl screen and less bulk. Or maybe give the Kindle 3 another look, if the buttons are quiet enough and I can just get past those awful fonts...